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Beware of Foxes

A full moon, a strange dream: deceit and corruption

By PK Colleran Published about a month ago Updated about a month ago 2 min read
Runner-up in 3:00 AM Challenge
Beware of Foxes
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Night. Moonlight. The sound of padded paws on soft, pale grass.

A skulk of foxes, wagging their tails like friendly puppies, emerges from the brush. They come right up to me, as if we've met before.

Could they be tame?

A voice echoes in my dream as it has for the last three nights:

They are not smiling

They are merely

Showing their teeth.

There is a certain look in their eyes. A gleam reminding me of someone, somewhere.

I feel a shudder, not knowing if to hide or to run.

They are not neighborhood dogs, I tell myself. They are definitely not domesticated.

Yet one stands on his hind legs, puts his paws on my shoulders, and licks my face.

The shock awakens me, and a voice in my head continues:

They are not smiling

They are merely

Showing their teeth.

Breakfast time is quiet as I sit with my aging father.

I tell him about the recurring dream.

What could it mean? Foxes, wild animals? Do they symbolize something?

He replies in a manner so simple it stuns.

They represent people.

People! How could it be that I hadn't seen it before?

It started in the office.

I noticed things that made me uncomfortable. Computers shutting quickly when I entered the room. Whispering. Papers missing.

I ignored my doubts, afraid of trouble.

I didn't want to make a fuss.

Days pass by, and I dream again.

This time, a new voice echoes when I awaken with a lick on my face:

Beware of foxes

And those who believe

They are tame.

My doubts and suspicions prove true.

Power, money, prestige: (Why is it always the same?)

They stop at nothing to get what they want.

It starts subtly and slowly: fake emails, forged signatures, altered accounts.

Then come the false rumors, putting blame on others.

The sly foxes of children's stories return to my mind.

Ancestral symbols come to us in the dark, in our dreams.

Are not dreams born in the same place as fairy tales?

Beware of foxes

And those who believe

They are tame.

Coworkers have suspicions and, like me, want to turn away.

I never planned to be a whistleblower.

The tarot cards drop in my lap.

Then I know what I have to do.

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Whistle. Blow the whistle loud and long. It falls to me to tell all.

I report everything I had seen in brazen detail. I gather evidence—false records, fake signatures, a rigged election of board members—and I find witnesses.

I tell it over and over again until the authorities responded.

Investigations follow. Commissions are appointed. Testimonies were given, leading to forced resignations.

"How could this be?" mourn the young volunteers, dismayed and disheartened. "We are a nonprofit."

Disillusionment is a heavy burden to carry, no matter your age.

It takes months of recovery, restless nights, and new dreams.

Keep your distance

And forge new paths.

Knights ride on white horses now in my dreams, carrying shields and shiny swords.

Archetypes take new forms on a chess board only I can play.

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Keep your distance

And forge new paths.

A king. A queen. Noble white horses. Defenders of justice.

They ride now and forevermore into the dark night, protecting those who journey, singing softly in the shadows:

Beware of foxes

And those who believe

They are tame.


Based on true events, real dreams, and a non-profit.

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About the Creator

PK Colleran

I love the music of words and the stories they tell.

Editor: bilingual poetry collection Landscape of the Soul by Hipólito Sánchez

Translator: Living Consciously and Words Matter, by Jorge Waxemberg

You can read more of my work here.

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Comments (27)

  • Angie the Archivist 📚🪶17 days ago

    Congratulations! Well deserved placing… captivating read… especially given it’s based on fact! Loved the repetition of: “Beware of foxes And those who believe They are tame.”

  • D.K. Shepard17 days ago

    Woah! This is superb! Excellent storytelling and I love the echoes from the dreamscape echoing throughout! Congrats!!

  • JBaz17 days ago

    Finding out this is based on reality made the story that much better. (And I already enjoyed it) Love the symbolism it was well done. Congratulations

  • Wooohooooo congratulations on your win! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Christy Munson18 days ago

    Congratulations on earning Runner's Up in the 3 AM Challenge! I loved your use of foxes as metaphor and also experience. Powerful storytelling, and equally powerful warning. We have foxes in our neighborhood and your story has leapt into my mind the last two times I've heard the night howls. I'm even more weary now than I had been!

  • Novel Allen22 days ago

    I love the abstractness of the narration...there but not there...telling the truth is harder than lying, yet when it needs to be done...clear the conscience and just get going. Congrats on both fronts.

  • ROCK 26 days ago

    Finding *Truth* is hard to accept; sounds like you outfoxed the skulk. I respect the experience and how you let it unfold in your story. Congratulations!

  • Congratulations on having your story featured as a top story on Vocal! This is a remarkable achievement, and it's clear why your work has received such recognition. Your storytelling is truly exceptional. The narrative was not only compelling but also beautifully crafted, holding my attention from start to finish. The way you developed the characters and plot was masterful, making the story both engaging and thought-provoking. Your unique voice and perspective shine through, setting your work apart. It’s evident that you poured a lot of passion and effort into this piece, and it has certainly paid off. I look forward to reading more of your incredible stories in the future. Keep up the fantastic work! Best regards, Dr. Jay

  • Fly Alone27 days ago

    This story masterfully blends dream imagery with real-life tension, revealing the protagonist's journey from suspicion to action. The foxes as symbols of deceit and the recurring warnings underscore a powerful message about vigilance and integrity.

  • Darkosabout a month ago

    Fantastic, about the great awareness, dreams, and real-life experience with another Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Raihana H.about a month ago

    Interesting! Sometimes dreams are meaningless and sometimes not. It's brave of you to take action! Congrats on top story!

  • Alexavierabout a month ago

    very good story

  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    Oh, wow!! Whistle blow the hell out of the crooks!! 💕

  • Deasun T. Smythabout a month ago

    Nice! 😁

  • Kelli Sheckler-Amsdenabout a month ago

    Oh, wow! Merely showing their teeth…what a fantastic visual. I was married to a smiler, almost raises goosebumps. Congratulations on a stunning story

  • shanmuga priyaabout a month ago

    Congratulations 🎉 on top story

  • Kingsley Gomes, PhD.about a month ago


  • Ameer Bibiabout a month ago

    Really like the symbolism You are truly great to create such stories

  • Phuong Smileabout a month ago


  • Caroline Janeabout a month ago

    I too saw foxes when I went through similar. Love the refrain you use in this. Really well done.

  • Golam Kibriaabout a month ago

    Write more stories like this

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago

    Brilliant and relatable social commentary!!!💕❤️❤️

  • Joe Pattersonabout a month ago

    VERY VERY VERY WELL DONE. Definitely deserves to be top story.

  • Augustina N Nwankwoabout a month ago

    very wonder and great story to read

  • Loryne Andaweyabout a year ago

    "They are not smiling They are merely Showing their teeth" This is such a powerful statement. Smiles are powerful and though they are mainly used to do good, there is always someone who will use that power to manipulate. Well done!

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